A Marvelous Midcentury With a Bright Blue Door Hits the Market For $1.15M
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A Marvelous Midcentury With a Bright Blue Door Hits the Market For $1.15M

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
This low-slung midcentury home integrates into its forested surroundings in the Pacific Northwest.

Set in the southwest hills of Portland, Oregon, this 1965 home was designed by noted local architect William Fletcher. The International Style residence is said to have been inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s famed Farnsworth House—but it has a distinctive Pacific Northwest flavor all its own. 

4440 SW Hillside Drive is nestled into a hillside and surrounded by greenery.

4440 SW Hillside Drive is nestled into a hillside and surrounded by greenery.

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Framed by floor-to-ceiling glass, the bright blue front door adds a pop of color to the facade.

Framed by floor-to-ceiling glass, the bright blue front door adds a pop of color to the facade.

The current owners renovated the low-lying home after purchasing it in 2008, adding customized elements to complement the original midcentury architecture. The initial renovation opened up the galley kitchen, updated all the bathrooms, and transformed the carport into a dining room with high ceilings.

The front facade features two gated deck/lounge areas—one on either side of the door. 

The front facade features two gated deck/lounge areas—one on either side of the door. 

Wood-paneled walls conceal a door leading to the private areas. A spiral staircase descends to the home's lower level.

Wood-paneled walls conceal a door leading to the private areas. A spiral staircase descends to the home's lower level.

A wall of floor-to-ceiling glass brings a strong sense of the outdoors into the open-plan living room. 

A wall of floor-to-ceiling glass brings a strong sense of the outdoors into the open-plan living room. 

A small covered lanai-like patio provides a place to enjoy the outdoors, even if it's raining. 

A small covered lanai-like patio provides a place to enjoy the outdoors, even if it's raining. 

A long, narrow terrace extends the entire length of the house.

A long, narrow terrace extends the entire length of the house.

The open kitchen overlooks the living room.

The open kitchen overlooks the living room.

The renovation opened up the original galley kitchen. A tucked-away screen can close off the kitchen as needed, while the breakfast bar provides a casual spot to eat and additional prep space. 

The renovation opened up the original galley kitchen. A tucked-away screen can close off the kitchen as needed, while the breakfast bar provides a casual spot to eat and additional prep space. 

A view of the living room and kitchen.

A view of the living room and kitchen.

 The kitchen cabinetry is crafted from Oregon black walnut, and the countertops are honed Cambrian granite.

 The kitchen cabinetry is crafted from Oregon black walnut, and the countertops are honed Cambrian granite.

The home's original carport is now a distinctive dining area.

The home's original carport is now a distinctive dining area.

Clerestory windows brighten the tall space. 

Clerestory windows brighten the tall space. 

This bedroom (currently configured as a home office) has direct access to the terrace. 

This bedroom (currently configured as a home office) has direct access to the terrace. 

The spiral staircase leads down to the lower level, which houses a large rec room and the master bedroom suite. 

The spiral staircase leads down to the lower level, which houses a large rec room and the master bedroom suite. 

The spacious master bedroom suite enjoys forest views. 

The spacious master bedroom suite enjoys forest views. 

A frosted glass divider separates the ensuite bath from the living space. A 2016 renovation expanded the master bath and transformed a utility closet into a large walk-in closet.

A frosted glass divider separates the ensuite bath from the living space. A 2016 renovation expanded the master bath and transformed a utility closet into a large walk-in closet.

The luxurious master bath features heated marble slab floors.

The luxurious master bath features heated marble slab floors.

4440 SW Hillside Drive is currently listed for $1,145,000 by Marisa Swenson of Modern Homes Portland—Living Room Realty. 

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